raninator84 (3) - beavercreek, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A finer Imperial Stout? I know not!
2009 Bottle poured into a thick walled Chalice. Oh how the Czars would envy me.
Pours a deep black profuse sludge as if the Dark Lord himself has awakened from a slumber of centuries past. Already I can smell the scent of deep roasted malts, coffee, smoked embers, and nutmeg. The lacing clinging to the walls of my glass, but sliding ever so smoothly into the depths of midnight, where light ceases and something a bit abnormal begins. The first sip; smooth, chewy and thick. Perhaps this Lord of Darkness plays well with others? A robust hit of roasted chocolate careens my palate confused as to what it wishes to unleash next. A rush of sweet molasses and plum forces its boldness upon my senses. As the ferocity of the sip hits my palate a hint of nutmeg and cherries sneaks in through the back with hops infused in the grain. A strong but short burst of burnt and smoked woodiness ends atop the alcohol, clearly there can be no more. But the taste lingers and finally rests into a roasted smoked chocolate embrace. It’s enough to want to follow the Dark Lord into the underbelly, into the darkside, into the grave. And after sampling the elixir of this Demigod, I must pledge my loyalty to he who is the master of the blackest of nights, the overseer of the underworld of sludge, and the purveyor of all that is "not normal". To the Dark Lord.
Cam_Dynamite (82) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blue wax bottle from mikkeller shop. Pours a heavy black with tan head. Nose is loaded with fruit, coffee, bourbon. Very thick sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and finishes very sweet. My only knock is it’s just a bit too sweet for me. Cracker beer and if you get the chance it’s a great beer to share with a mate or two (I chose not to share)
VastActiv (3714) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150501. Colour is black with very small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some bourbon, coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
vjohans (368) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@yellow cbc 2015
wood, vanilla, full body, mid bitterness. extemly sweet. overly sweet.
jhgrantjr (449) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
May 8, 2015 - shared a bottle of 2011 Dark Lord. This ones been aging for four years. Pours a deep black, very thick, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla, molasses. Taste is very sweet, not boozy at all. Creamy finish. More sweet than I expected...I can see why the barrel aged stuff is higher. But this is still a phenomenal beer. Glad to finally try one.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lukasmh (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap cbc15. Pours a beautiful all black thick with one finger everlasting crazy head. Aroma is sweet, roasty malts, dark fruits, fruity, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is heavy sweet, barley, malt, brown sugar, vanilla loads of chocolate and some toffee. Subtle sweet bacon in there! Sweet berries, dates. No presence of ABV, full body.
martin00sr (1458) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @CBC15. Black with brown head. Roasted malt and syrupy booze aroma. Flavour is syrupy sweet with licorice and coffee. Thick and sticky, just the way I like it.
MrOrla (447) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thx you friendly Americans at CBC 2015. Black with low Brown head. Alcochol. Sweet(Very Sweet) Roast, chocolate, cocoa, licorie Carbonation is low. Alcochol. Sweet, Full body. I did expect more
StoutHead (840) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black and roasty. Sweet and full body with a taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and a bit of vanilla. I’ve now had this one 3-4 times over the past year and there’s not doubt it’s really good. Grossly overrated but a solid beer nevertheless. I’ve rated it slightly under the vanilla version but I may have rated that one a bit too high though.
jesperhammer (3368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
01-MAY-2015, draft @yellow session @CBC15.
Black with low Brown head.
Roast, chocolate, cocoa. Carbonation is more lively than I expected. Some alcochol. Sweet, very full body. This is wonderfull.
jbuskirk (563) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Few awesome things have a perfect run. The 2012 version of Dark Lord is known as the least successful vintages in Three Floyds’ awesome lineup. Perfect or not, though, this is still motherlovin’ Dark Lord. Having the chance to drink one is an amazing experience, no matter the year. It poured pitch black and virtually headless. Aroma was very fruity with cherry, apple, and syrup. Flavor has a lot of sweetness, and yes, sad to say that apple juice flavor dominates the whole thing. However, there were some touches of cream and toasted dark fruit. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth. While I definitely want to try a better vintage, having the "worst" Dark Lord is akin to listening to the "worst" Beatles album. It’s still enjoyable and better than a hell of lot else of what’s out there.